Presentation at the CHI Conference

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We have just presented our paper for the project at the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. This year, the conference was hosted in the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow, Scotland. You can download the paper from our Northumbria portal and our CHI powerpoint slides...

Halloween at the Play Lab

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We had a spooky half-term with the children at the Play Lab.  Alongside making digital pumpkins and decorating the Haunted House (with augmented zombies and frightening screams), we had the children show us how they might play with some prototypes.  Thanks, everyone, for a lively week and great...

micro:bits of play

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We have created an instructable for 13 micro:bit designs that we hope will encourage you to play outside. These are based on our work with our partners at Cedarwood Trust and will be featured at the August 8th Hackathon with NE Youth. We are thinking about this instructable as a set of play "things" - some of these like the Egg and Spoon Race, Step Counter and Compass should be familiar and you might have even played with these outside. Some of the designs like our Fortnite Dance Challenge generator are brand new! Which ones will you...

Summer Hackathon: Digi-day with NE Youth

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NE Youth are a leading youth development charity supporting young people and youth organisations in the North East of England. This summer Northumbria University teamed up with them to run a hackathon in the summer holidays. The event hosted 15 young children aged between 8 and 15 years who turned up to create 1 of 13 Play Bits - specially chosen configurations of IoT devices that allowed the young people to learn how to program, but importantly get outside and...

Workshop Instructables

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We are building many designs in the Playing Out with IOT project. These designs range from those non-digitally ones such as the card hangers displayed above, to the digital designs like the Magic Sap Collector which has been placed in one of the Cedarwood flower beds in the photo. These posts will detail how you can take these designs and make them yourself, as we detail what you need to buy and how these can be made step by...

Materials from our Play Workshops

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We have been working on materials for our first playing out workshops.  The poster-sized map has been designed to suggest it can be drawn on/coloured in, and plenty of white space has been left surrounding the map.  It is hoped that participants will draw and write on the map as a response to questions about playing in the surrounding area.  The A5 cards will be used to focus on something in the area the kids play at, they will be asked to draw a symbol or picture representing this.  Once they have done this, the coloured cardholders can then...

Introductory Workshops at Cedarwood Trust

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The introductory workshops were an oppurtunity to work with the Cedarwood Trust team and try out digital technologies for the first time. The workshops involved children from ages 5-12 and were delivered across the summer holiday. To fit in with the way Cedarwood Trust organise their days these workshops ran from 10am until 3pm in the afternoon. They were organised around excited themes. Plant and Grow Children worked in pairs to decorate their plant pot and put a plant in the pot. Then, the children were introduced to the concept of electric circuit. They were to complete a soft circuit with copper tape and used their plant...